By Barry Rosen

The bright spots:

Venus in Libra through Dec. 24th

Neptune Stationary Direct in Pisces on Dec. 6th.

Mercury is trined by Jupiter on Dec. 7th

Venus opposing Jupiter into Dec. 9th.

Jupiter exalted in the D9/Navamsha Chart through Feb. 1st.

All the above increase optimism and expansive energy and while there could be a dark side with too much spending,  all of the above are welcome after the last month of Venus in Virgo.  Better time for relationships, fun, artistic expression, shopping, optimism, and good cheer.

New Moon in Scorpio Dec. 12th

Mercury Retrograde in Sagittarius Dec. 13-Jan. 1st.

Sun in the Gandanta in Scorpio Dec. 14-16th

Rahu trines Sun from Pisces to Scorpio Dec. 14-15th

A darker week as the new moon always brings low and depressing energy, particularly in Scorpio where the emotional grunge comes up.   Mercury retrograde is usually good for Geminis and Virgos although Virgos will do better with the 4th house transit.  You know the drill with Mercury retrograde. The Sun in the Scorpio gandanta is always a difficult time for emotional churning so the week of Dec. 12-16th is a lay-low week and do not overdo it week.  Rahu trining the Sun can bring up the dark side of ego and false masks and challenges with leadership.

Sun in Sagittarius Dec. 16-Jan. 14

Mercury retro trined by Jupiter on Dec. 18th (positive repeat)

Venus in Scorpio Dec. 24-Jan. 18th

Full Moon in Gemini Dec. 26th in Ardra Nakshatra

Mercury/Mars Planetary War  Dec. 27th at 0 Sagittarius

Sun trined by Jupiter on Dec. 27th

Mars trined by Rahu Dec. 23rd

Mars transiting the Scorpio Gandanta. Dec. 25-28th

Mars in Sagittarius Dec. 28-Feb. 1st.

Jupiter Direct in Aries 11 degrees.

We always appreciate the Sun in Sagittarius which brings in optimism and good cheer for the holidays. Venus in Scorpio can be a bit more intense for Libras and can stir up sexual energies.  The Mercury/Mars planetary war in late Dec. requires patience with travel being careful on the road staying focused and letting anger out so it does not turn into accident.  The Jupiter trine to the Sun will increase holiday optimism.  The Mars/Rahu trine can increase running around too much and outbursts of anger so slow down before the holidays.  The week before and after Jupiter is always filled with optimism and expansion and Jupiter is exalted in the D9 bringing wisdom and spiritual development.

ABOUT BARRY ROSEN: Barry Rosen has been teaching classes in Investment Astrology since 1990 and began teaching the other aspects of Vedic astrology specialized courses online in 2017, including Dashas, Transits, Personal Finance, Health, Longevity, and Death, Nakshatras, The Spiritual Dimensions of Vedic Astrology, Secrets of the Houses, Relationships and many more. In his consultations, he focuses more on the emotional and mental patterns in the chart and their impact on consciousness which can create waves of illusion blocking you. A good consultation should help you witness the play of karma so that you are not gripped by it; you can transcend it and realize your Divinity, becoming the commander of the planets and not the victim. Barry Rosen also operates a blog on Facebook under Barry Rosen and Astro-Yoga and his professional astrological website is He can be reached at




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